Car enthusiasts at this year’s Great Bodies Car Show and Swap Meet this Saturday at Walmart will receive an extra boost with the presence of Tennessee Thunder, a 1971 Dodge Demon that was used in pro stock racing.
Owned by Lee Crowder and driven by John Blaine Livingston, the car was campaigned through the 1971 season. For the 1972 season, another car was purchased. The cars were stored in different warehouses in Livingston, Tenn., until 1985 when Crowder sold them.
In 2011, Crowder’s grandson, Freeman Lee Crowder III, with a family friend attempted to locate the Demon. It was found in Florida and owned by Jerry Dempsey. After approximately two years and several attempts to negotiate a price, a deal was made and Crowder’s grandson brought Tennessee Thunder back to Tennessee. The car underwent restoration back to its 1971 “as-raced” condition.
Great Bodies Car Show and Swap Meet is a fundraiser for Families in Crisis and is organized by Blaine Wilcher, who might be more excited than most to have the car in attendance.
“I just found out that Tennessee Thunder will be at Great Bodies car show,” said Wilcher. “This is a big deal since they usually only show up at larger events. They will have the hauler and car with several times of interest from the car’s storied career. I’m named after the car’s original driver, John Blaine Livingston.”
The car show is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will offer a DJ playing mostly ’80s music, food vendors, games, door prizes, silent auctions and more.